The major political parties in Ethiopia such as ODP, ADP, and SEPDM metamorphosed into a Prosperity Party, also known as Oromo PP, Amara PP, etc.
- is a collection of ethnically based political parties combined together to wreck the very foundation of the Ethiopian polity, undermining Ethiopian nationalism. Besides, PP is a one-party state that negates democracy. For almost three decades, we have seen how EPRDF’s ideology and practice of ethnic supremacy and unrestrained abuse of state power was a cancer on democracy. With the erosion of human rights, the political transition has stalled and the cancer that was brought by EPRDF, far from being eradicated, is in fact mutated through the PP, and will likely hasten the death of democracy. With the recent killings of innocent citizens on the basis of their ethnicity and lack of appropriate government response, I worry about Ethiopia being at the risk of breaking apart. PP should stop politicizing justice, intelligence, and the military.
Medemer is all about followership, not partnership. PP evades the name “Ethiopia” in its name and has declared war on its peace-seeking critics and patriots like Eskinder Nega, Lidetu Ayalew, and others who struggle peacefully.
- needs to affirm Ethiopia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity; and assure citizens’ right to freedom of expression and to move around freely and live anywhere in Ethiopia without fear of arrest, physical violence, harassment, and death threat. The Prosperity Party, by its actions and inactions, has embraced the crisis of ethno-nationalism as a ruling strategy and turned it into a national tragedy. I attack the problem of ethnic federalism (Zenawism) and not the person of PM Abiy Ahmed. As long as he is not willing to pay the switching cost from ethno-nationalism to civic nationalism and continues to govern by EPRDF’s constitution and fly its flag, he will wear the mantle of a tragic (inheritor) and leader of EPRDF 2.0.